Alcest – Shelter (2014)

I love finding new music.[1]

Image from wikipedia

Today, it’s a French shoegaze band by the name of Alcest, with their recently released album Shelter.

Recommended to me through a facebook group that is causing me to spend far too much money,[2] I searched the web and discovered that the only (legal) online outlet available to me was iTunes.

Cue three days worth of fighting with iTunes.[3]

But, finally, this Saturday morning, I get to put on this recommended album.

Wow.

Big beautiful walls of guitar sound.  Dreamy, layered vocals, shifting in and out of awareness.  The French lyrics adding to the feel of romance and disassociation. I wonder how this would sound if I actually, you know, spoke the language?

No matter, because right now not speaking French just eases my mind into hearing the smooth, husky, sometimes near inaudible vocals as just another layer into this vast shoegaze sound.

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